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Cboi,ê or 

OR THE MERLE BALLAD OF 
NASH HIS DILDO 

[BY THOMAS NASH] 

[1;rom 3ISS. Copies in the 
I»ner Temple (Petyt MS. 538, Vol. 43, 
viii., 29ff b, circa I68o) and AodIeian 
(RawL JlIS. Poet. 2z6, leaves 96-Io6, 
circa I6ZO-2O) Zibraries] 

EDITED BY 
JOHN S. FARMER 

LONDON 
PRIfPA TEL Y PIilNTED FOR SUBSCRIBRS 
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INTRODUCTION. 

N,SH'S " C]IOlSE OF VALETINES " has appa.rently corne 
down to us only in manuscript form. I t s extremely 
doubtful (Oldys notwithstanding), whether the poem was 
ever before accorded the dignity of print. Nor would it 
now be deemed worthy of such were the only considerations 
those of literary merit or intrinsic value : truth to tell there 
is little of either to recommend it. But, as it has been 
repeatedly said, and well insisted on, the world cannot 
afford to lose any "document" whatsoever which bears, or 
may bear, in the slightest degree, on the story of its own 
growth and development, and out of which its true life has 
to be written. Especially is even the meanest Elizabethan of 
importance and value in relation to the re-construction-- 
still far from complete--of the life and times of the 
immortal bard of Avon. In the most unlikely quarters a 
quarry may yet be fo.und from which the social historian 
may obtain a valuable sidelight on manners and customs, 
the philologist a new lection or gloss, or the antiquary a 
solution to some, as yet, unsolved problem. 
" The Choise of Valentines" claims attention, and is 
of value principally on two grounds, either of which, it is 

a See page x. 



.oo 

INTI OD UC [I0  • 

held, should amply justify the more permanent preserva- 
tion now accorded this otherwise insignificant production. 
In the first place, it appears to have been dedicated to the 
Earl of Southampu,n, the generous patron of lett,:rs, and 
fi-iend of Shakspeare ; and second, it is probably the only 
example extant of the kind of hackwork to which Nash was 
frequently reduced by " the keenest pangs of poverty. ''b 
H e confesses he was often obliged " to pen unedifying 
toys for gentlemen." When Harvey denounced him for 
"emulating Aretino's licentiousness" he admitted that 
poverty had occasionaily forced him to prostitute his pen 
" in hope of gain " by penning "amorous Villanellos and 
Quipasses for new-fangled galiards and newer Fantisticos." 
In fact. he seems rarely to have known what it was to be 
otherwise than the subject of distress and need. As an 
example of these " unedifying toys" the present poem 
may, without much doubt, be cited, and an instance in 
penning which his "hope of gain " was realised. 
It is a matter of history that Nash sought, and 
succeeded in obtaining for a rime, the patronage ot the 
Eari of Southampton, one of the most iiberal men oi his 
day, and a prolninent figure in the declining years of 
Elizabeth. " I once tasted," Nash writes in T593, c "the 
full spring of the Earl's liberality." Record is also made 
of a visit paid by him to Lord Southampton and Sir 
George Carey, while the former was Governor, and the 
latter Captain-General, of the lsle of Wight. 
From internal evidence it would seem that this poem 

b Have OEth you to Saff:roe, Walden, iii., 44. 
• Terrors ol cthe 1Vi8ht. 



INTR OD UCTIOIV. i x 

was called forth by the Earl's bounty to its author. « My 
muse devorst from deeper (the Rawl. MS. reads deeest) 
care, presents thee with a wanton elegie ;" and further on, 
the dedication promises " better lines " which should "ere 
long " be penned in " honour" of his noble patron. This 
promise is renewed in the epilogue :-- 
" My mynde once purg'd o[ such lascivious win, 
Vith purifide words and hallowed verse, 
Thy praises in large volunaes shall rehearse, 
That better maie thy grauer view befitt." 
Does this refer to "The Unfortunate Traveller ; or, The 
Life of Jack Wilton," generally regarded as Nash's most 
ambitious work, and which he dedicated to Lord 
$outh.ampton in 593 ? If so, and there is no evidence 
to gamsay the conclusion, we can fix the date of the 
present poem as, at ail events, prior to I7th September of 
that year, when " The Unfortunate Traveller " was entered 
on the Stationers' Register. d This would make Nash 
contemporaneous, if hot prior to, Shakspeare in offering a 
tribute to the merits of the young patron (Southampton 
at that time was barely twenty years old)of the Muses. 
Venus and tdouis was entered on the Register of the 

d It is true that Nash, in his dedication ot the "Unfortunate Traveller," speks 
of if as his « first offering." This, however, naust be taken rather as naeaning his first 
setms effort in acknowledgment of his patron's bounty, for in « The Tetrors of the 
Night" (registered on the 3oth June, 1593), he sonaewhat effusively acknowledges his 
indebtedness to Lord Southanapton :--« Through him my tender wainscot studie doore is 
delivered frona nauch assault and battrie: through hina I looke into» and ana looked on in 
the world : from whence otherwise I were a wretched banished exile. Through him ail 
nay good is conueighed vnto nae ; and to him ail nay endeavours shall be contributed as 
to the ocean." Again, as evidence that Nash had addressed himself to Southanapton 
prior to his dedication of "The Unfortunate Traveller," we glema frona his promise 
(«Terrors of the llight") "to embroydet the rich store of his etetnal renoun¢" in 
"sonae longer Tractate." 



INTRODUCTION.. 

Stationers' Company about rive months earlier, on the 
8th April, 593, and barely more than two months prior 
to the registration of "The Terrors of the Night." 
Itis curiols to note that while Shakspeare and Nash 
both promise "graver work " and "better lines," they alike 
select amatory themes for their first offerings. The promise 
in Shakspeare's case was redeemed by the dedication to 
Southampton of " The Rape of Lucreece," while it may 
be assumed, as aforesaid, that Nash followed suit with 
" The Unfortunate Traveller." 
Nash, however, for some cause or other failed to 
retain the Earl's interest ; " indeed," says Mr. Sidney Lee, 
"he did hOt retain the favour of any patron long." Itis 
only fair to state, however, that the withdrawal of Lord 
Southampton's patronage may hot bave been due to any 
fault or shortcoming on the part of Nash, for there s 
likewise no evidence whatever to show that any close 
intimacy existed between Southampton and Shakspeare 
after 594. Probably there was much else to claire Lord 
Southampton's attention--his marriage, and the Essex 
rebellion to wit. This, however, leads somewhat wide of 
the present work. 
So much for the circumstances which appear to have 
ealled forth "The Choise of Valentines." The next con- 
sideration is, Has it ever appeared in print before? Oldys, 
in his MS. notes to Langbaine's E1lisk Dramatic loets 
(c. 738) says :--" Tom Nash certainly wrote and published 
a pamphlet upon Dildos. He is accused of it by his 
antagonist, Harvey." But he was writing nearly 5o 
years after the event, and it is certainly very strange that 



ITlf OD UCTIO. xi 

a production which it can be shown was well known 
should, if printed, have so entirely disappeared. At 
all events, no copy is at present known to exist, e John 
Davies of Hereford alludes toit, but leaves it uncertain 
whether its destruction occurred in MS. or in print. In 
his " Papers Complaint "f he writes :- 
But O ! my soule is vext to thinke how euill 
le is abus'd to beare suits to the Deuill. 
Pierse-Pennilesse {a Pies eat such a patch) 
Made me {agree} that business once dispatch. 
And having ruade me vndergo the shame, 
Abusde me further, in the Deuills narae : 
And made [me] Dildo {dampned Dildo} beare, 
Till good men's hate did me in peeces teare. 
As regards the manuscript copies there are one or two 
points worthy of note. At present we know of two, more 
or less incomplete, but each of which supplements, in some 
degree, the other. These MSS. are respectively in the 
Bodleian (Rawl. MS. Poet, 216) and the Inner Temple 
(Petyt MS. 538, vol. 43, P. viii., 295b.,'. libraries. Both 
texts are obvious/y corrupt, the Rawlinson abominably so. 
Probably the former was written out from memory alone, 
while the Petyt, if hot a transcript direct from the original 
is, at any rate, very near to it. 
The Bodleian version is written on paper in a small 
oblong leather-covered book, originaily with clasps. The 
penmanship is early i7th ccntury, probably about I6IO-2O. 

e At the same rime it raust be stated that the scandal of the controversy between 
Nash and Harvey becam¢ so nogorious that in I599 it was ordered by authority "that all 
Nashes books and Dr. Harvey's books be taken wheresoevcr Ihe, may be round and 
that none ol the said books be ever printed hereafter" { COOI'ïR, Athemr Carie. ii. 3o6). 
f Davies [Grosart, Works {I8881 !-,5, lines 64-'. 



xii 

INT O D UCTIOIV. 

It is thus catalogued:-- "/ libris Matt. 
Postlethwayt, Aug. , 697. Perhaps (earlier) Henry 
Priceowned the book." The volume contains besides an 
English transcript of Ovid's "Arte Amandis " and some 
amatory poems3 The date of the Petyt text may be 
about It is written in a miscellaneous, folio, 
commonplace-book, and in the catalogue it is described as 
" an obscene poem, entitled ' The Choosing of Valentines,' 
by Thomas Nash. The first i7 lines are printed at p. Ix. 
of the Preface to vol i. of Mr. Grosart's edition of Nash's 
works, as if they formed the whole piece." h 
Nothing is known of Postlethwayt and Price, who at 
one time owned the Rawlinson copy, that throws light on 
its source. In the Petyt, however, we get a suppositional 
explanation of its manifestly purer text. Petyt, subsequent 
to his call to the Bar, in 1670, was for many years Keeper 
of the Records in the Tower of London. Now we know 
that Lord Essex, an intimate friend and connection of the 
Earl of Southampton, and like Southampton a generous 
and discerning patron of letters, was for some time in 
the "free custody" of the Lord Keeper of the Tower. 
Further, Southampton, who had joined Essex in his 
rebellion, had been tried and convicted with his friend, 
and though the Queen spared his life, he was not 
released from the Tower until the ascension of James I. 
It is not unlikely, therefore, that a copy of Nash's manu- 

g These bave been incopoated in "National Ballad and Song " (Section 2, 
,lerry Song and Ballads, Stries 
h This is hot quite correct. The trie in the S. ns "The Choise 
of Valentin," and DL Grort purrts to ve the fist eighteen lines, but in 
tanseripfion he s omitt line 



INI"R OD UCI"ION. xiii 

script made for Lord Essex passed, on the execution 
of the latter, with other papers and documents, into 
the official custody of the Lord Keeper, to be subsequently 
unearthed by his successor, Petyt, who, with a taste for the 
"curious," had it copied for his own edification. This 
supposition is further borne out as follows : The particular 
commonplace book in which this poem occurs has been 
written by various hands. In the saine handwriting as, 
and immediately preceding "The Choise of Valentines," 
are two poetical effusions dedicated " To the Earl of Essex," 
both apparently written when he was in prison and under 
sentence of death. The other contents of the volume are 
likewise contemporaneous. 
Ail things considered, then, the Petyt text, although 
transcribed about fifty years later, has weightier claires to 
attention than the version in the Rawlinson MSS. I have, 
therefore, adopted the former as a basis, giving the 
Rawlinson variations in the form of notes. A few of these 
are obviously better readings than those of the Petyt 
text: the reader cannot fail to distingu.ish these. In the 
main, however, the Inner Temple version will be found 
consistent with its particular dedication, whilst the Rawlinson 
variations appear due to an attempt, signally unsuccessful, 
to adapt the poem for general use. 
For the rest I bave faithfully adhered to the original in 
the basic text, and in the variorum readings, except in one 
particular. The Rawlinson MS. is altogether guiltless of 
punctuation, while the Petyt copy has been carelessl¥ 
"stopped" by the scribe : I have therefore given modern 
punctuation. J.S.F. 



TO 
honorable 

THE RI G HT 
the Lord S.  

ARDON, sweete flower of Matckles poctrie, 
And/airest tud the red rose euer tiare; 
/tltkough my Mse, devorst from dcei#er care, 
Presents lloee zoith a wanlon Elegie. 4 

a Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton, and Baron of Titchfield. The 
dedicatien is absent in the Rawlinson text : cf. variorum reading in line I 3. 
I Iatchles, machles. 
2 the red rose er bare, that tuer red rose bare. 
3 devorst from dee'er tare, diuert from deepest c.are. Nash was notoriously 
impecunious ail through his lire, and probably reference is here ruade to some 
bounty received at the han,ls of Lord Southampton (sec Introduction}. What patronage 
meant at rimes is gleaned Irrom Florio's dedication of The IVorlde of IVordes in 1598 to 
the same nohleman, tIe says :--" In truth I acknowledge an entire debt, hot only of 
my best knowledge, but of ail ; yea, of more than I know, or care, to your bounteous 
Iordship, in whose pay and patronage I have lived some years. . . But, as Io me.. 
and man F more, the g|orious and gracious sunshine of Four honour bath infused light and 
life." Rowe also tel|s a story of Lord Southampton's munificence to Shakspeate. It is 
said that he gave the poet /'I,ooo {equal to 12,ooo now-a-daFs ) to complete a special 
purchase. Whetlmr this story be true or not, it is certain that Lord Southampton was 
a most liberal patron of letters. 
4 t'resents/hec ,ai/h, Presentes FOU with. 



THE CHOISE OF P'ILENTINES. 

Ne blame my verse of loose unchastitie 
For at'nting fortk lhe lhings thal hidden are, 
Since all mez acte what I in stcache d«clare, 
Onlie ind«ed with varietie. 

8 

Comlants and ibraises euery one tan write, 
 nd passion out their angu's in statlie rimes ; 
tul of loues îbleasures none cticl euer write 
Thal bave succeeded in theis laller limes, i  

./tccel o[ il, l)eare Lord, in gent gree, 
And beller lynes, ere long, shall honor thee. 

5 "Ne" --- Nor, A.S. ; utchasliti¢, inchastitye. 
6 painti, paynting ; thi»gs» thinges ; hidden are, hiddcn be. 
7 & 8 In Rawl. MS. these lines are transposed. Since al1 men a«t» sith most men 
marke ; speache declar¢, speech deserie ; Onlie, only ; ,2arieti« varyetye. 
9 Complatts andpraises ttry one» Complayntes & prayses every man. 
Io tassiott ott, passion forth ; theirpan£u's, there loue ; statlie rimes, statly rime. 
I I 2#leasttrgs noae, pleasure non ; euer write» e're indite. 
lZ thds lalter ri»tes» this latter rime. 
3 Deare Lord, deare loue. A slgnificant reading in vie of the absence of the 
dedication in the Rawl. MS. "ticcept in Kenlle 8ree," to take kindl'. 
 /ind better lynes ere long, And better fart, ere long {ee Introduction}. 



TH E CHOOSING 
OF VALENTINES. 

T was the merle moneth of Februarie, 
When yong men, in their iollie roguerie, 
Rose earelie in the morne fore breake of daie, 
To seeke them valentines soe trimme and 
With whom they maie consorte in summer sheene, [gaie ; 
And dance the haidegaies on out toune-greene, 
As alas at Easter, or at Pentecost, 
Perambulate the fields that flourish most; 8 

"I'I'I'LE, The CAooslng o[ Vakntines, Nashes Dildo. 
2 yong. younge ; t,eir iollie ro«erie, their brauery ; iollie, Fr. joli, pretty, fine. 
Bravry, finerï ; Cf. Holinshed's Chron. o/ Eng., gg--The ancient Bitons painted 
their bodies "which they esteemed a great braverie." 
3 Rose eardie in t/e morne [are, Rose in the morning belote ; daie, daye. 
4 soc trimme andgait, soe fresh and gaye. 
5 summgr $eene, somet' shene. 
6 ttaidegaies on, high degree in. 
7 ala at later, or, tdlso at Ester and. 
8 tera»bulate, preambulate. 



4 T/1E CHOISE OF V.4LENTINES. 

And goe to som village abbordring neere, 
To taste the creame and cakes and such good cheere; 
Or see a playe of strange moralitie, 
Shewen by Bachelrie of Maningtree. 12 
Where to, the contrie franklins flock-meale swarme, 
And Jhon and Jone coin marching arme in arme. 
Euen on the hallowes of that blessed Saint 
That doeth true louers with those ioyes acquaint, 6 
I went, poore pilgrime, to my ladies shrine, 
To see if she would be my valentine; 
But woe, alass, she was not to be round, 
For she was shifted to an upper ground: 2o 
Good Justice Dudgeon-haft, and crab-tree face, 
With bills and staues had scar'd hir from the place ; 

9 to soin, into some ; abbordring, bordering. 
fo taste tac creame and cakes, tast the cakes and creame. 
I  Or, To. 
lz by Bachelrie of taningtree, by the bachelours of magnanimity. "Manningtree» 
in Essex» formerly enjoyed the privilege of fairs, by the tenure of exhibiting a certain 
number of stage plays yearly. It appears al»o, frorn other intimations, that there were 
great festivities there, and much good eating, at Whitsun ales. and other tirnes."--A'ares. 

13 IVkere to, art contriefianklins, Whether our Country Franklins. 
14 thon and ïtone cm, t, John and Joane corne. 
15 Eutn, Even; hallo¢ves, Hallowes ; Saint, S_finct. 
I6 doetk, doth ; latters, loyers ; thast, omitted in Rawlinson. 
! l ladies, Ladyes. 
18 $e, shee ; *mknti»œe, valentyne. 
! 9 ,aoe, ala$$ out t 
2o an UPler , another. 
2! .aft and craC-trie [act» with this crabbed race. 
22 sca'd tdr» scard her ; te that. 



TtIE CIIOISE OF VALENTINES. 5 

And now she was compel'd, for Sanctuarie, 
To flye unto a house of venerie. 24 
Thither went I, and bouldlie ruade enquire 
If they had hackneis to lett-out to hire, 
And what they crau'd, by order of their trade, 
To lett one ride a iournie on a iade. 28 
Therwith out stept a foggy three-chinnd dame, 
That us'd to take yong wenches for to tame, 
And ask't me if I ment as I profest, 
Or onelie ask't a question but in lest. 32 
" In lest ?" quoth I; " that terme it as you will; 
I com for game, therefore give me my Jill." 
" Why Sir," quoth shee, " if that be your demande, 
Com, laye me a Gods-pennie in my hand; 36 

23 And now sht was tomlel'd for .çaneluarie, And she, poore wencb, compeld 
for Sanctuary. 
24 unto, into ; ,,tntry, Venery. 
 bouldli«, bouldly ; uirt, inquire. 
• 6 hekneis» backneyes. Hackney, a person or thing let out for promiscuous use, 
e.g., a horse, a whore, a literary drudge. Cri '" The hobby-horse  but a colt» d 
your love perhaps a hackney."ds Labour Zoyt» iii., I. 
7 «rau'd» craud. 
9 hithout stept, Wih that, stept forth ; thee ehinnd, three-chinde. 
Fog#¢=fat, bloated, havi hanng flesh. Çf ,« Some three chind foggie dame." 
Dolaey, imra, e. 
3o uy'd» vsd ; yong, younge. 
3 ! asMt, kt ; ] tt as I #o#sl sthe 'ere my request. 
3 onelie k't, onely moud. 
33 il, . 
34 eom, corne ; ,ire, #ue ; fill, Gill. 
3 " Xy, Sir," quothshe, ,« OE th be your demnde, " If that yt be," quoth 
she, " that you dcmaunde." 
36 Coin ye etc a Gods-pennk, then ue me first a ges pend. "God'- 
pennie,  t-pennie."FLoeo, p. 6. 



6 THE CHOIS£ OF F,L£NTIIVES. 

For, in our oratorie siccarlie, 
None enters heere, to doe his nicarie, 
But he must paye his offertorie first, 
And then, perhaps, wee'le case him of his thirst." 4o 
I, hearing hir so ernest for the box, 
Gave hir hir due, and she the dore unlocks. 
In am I entered : "venus be my speede ! 
But where's this female that must do this deed"? 44 
By blinde meanders, and by crankled wayes, 
Shee leades me onward, (as my Aucthor saies), 
Vntill we came within a shadie loft 
Where venus bounsing vestalls skirmish oft; 48 
And there shee sert me in a leathêr chaire, 
And brought me forth, of prettie Trulls, a paire, 

37 oratorie siccarlie, oratory, siccarly. " Oratory," properly a private chapel or 
closet for prayer ; here a canting terre for brothel : cf. abbess=bawd ; non=whore, and 
so forth. " Siccarly," certainly, surely "Thou art here, sykerlye, Thys churche to robb 
with felonye,:' MS. Cantab Ff. ii., 38, f. 240. 
38 teere, in ; nicarie, deuory. "lXlick," femalepudtndum: hence nickel3', copula- 
tion. Deuory ma}, either be Fr. devair, dut}' ; or devoure, to ravish, to deflower. 
39 oer/arie, affidavit. 
4o we/le, Ile. 
4 ]ea, in K ir so ernesl, seeing ber soe earnest. 
42 Gave ir ir, I gaue he he ; and se te dote unlacs» and she the dore 
vnlockes. 
43 [n a» ! en/ered, Nowe I ara enteted ; venus, sweet Venus. 
44 e's tisfemale, where's the female ; do tis, do the. 
45 By, throngh ; neanders and by cranI'led, rneander and through crooked. 
46 Se leades, Shee leads ; 4uctltor saie.¢, author sayes. 
47 me came vi/in, [ came vnto ; sadie, shady. 
48 bounsin res/ails, bouncing vestures ; sir»zis, skyrmlsh ; o» omittcd. 
49 see, she ; leat/er cléaire, Lether chayre. 
50 tre//ie Tr«lls» wenches straight, 



THE CHOIE OP VALENT!NE. 7 

To chuse of them which might content myne eye; 
But hir I sought, I could nowhere espie. 52 
I spake them faire, and wisht them well to fare-- 
" Y'et soe yt is, I must haue fresher ware; 
Wherefore, dame Bawde, as daintie as you bee, 
Fetch gentle mistris Francis forth to me." 56 
" By Halliedame," quoth she, "and Gods oune mother, 
I well perceaue you are a wylie brother; 
For if there be a morsell of more price, 
You'l smell it out, though I be nare so nice. 60 
As you desire, so shall you swiue with hir, 
But think, your purse-strings shall abye-it deare; 
For, he that will eate quailes must lauish crounes, 
And Mistris Francis, in ber veluett gounes, 64 
And ruffs and perwigs as fresh as Maye, 
Çan hOt be kept with hall a croune a daye." 

51 To cause ofthem, And bad me choose ; myr.e» my. 
52 Air, she ; no where es/fie, noe waye espye. 
53 tlzem, ber ; th¢rn, ber. 
54 Yet, But. 
55 Bawde, baud ; ax daintie, soe dainty ; kee, be. 
56 forth to, vnto. 
57 I-Ialliedarae, Itoly Dame ; she, shee ; Gods aune, gods one. 
58 ylie, wyly. 
59 mer G better. 
60 Yo l smell, youle find ; nare so, now soe. 
6t Idr, ber. 
62 tldnk, look ; trurse-strings, purse-stringes ; aye it deare, abide yt deere. 
63 tlmt ill ea/e quailes, whoole feed on quayles ; crounes, crownes. 
64 Mistris Framis, Mistres Fraunces ; veluett gvunex, velvett gownes. 
65 And ruffs, Her ,uffe ; 2e,-wlgs. perriwigge ; as, soc ; ltlaye, May. 
66 witl ,lalfa croune, for half a crowne. 



" Of price, good hostess, we will not debate, 
Though you assize me at the highest rate; 68 
Onelie conduct me to this bonnie bell. 
And tenne good gobbs I will unto thee tell, 
Of golde or siluer, which shall lyke thee best, 
So much doe I hir companie request." 7" 
Awaie she went: so sweete a thing is golde, 
That (mauger)will inuade the strongest holde. 
" Hey-ho! she coms, that hath my hearte in keepe 
Sing Lullabie, my cares, and falle a-sleepe." 76 
Sweeping she coms, as she would brush the ground; 
Hir ratling silkes my sences doe confound. 
" Oh, I am rauisht : voide the chamber streight; 
For I must neede's upon hir with my weight." 8o 

67 iwslas, hostes ; me, wee. 
o terme, tenn ; s 2" will unlo tAt.e gel goblets vnto thee Ile teIL ,« Gob, a 
portio. " (H). 
7t 1, t2, like yom 
72 doe I  pan/, I doe ber comia-y. 
73 /w/, Awaye ; tAin worde. 
74 T/¢ (er) w///im,ad, it makes invasion in. 
75 re),-/w, Loe ! here ; /arte, barre ; î0e, keeping. 
76 , lullaby ; adfoe a /,, rail a sleeping. 
77 «ns, cornes ; gvd, ground. 
78 H/r, ber ; , silcke ; ¢,«,d, Confound. 
79 O, Awaye; rau/stt, gavisht; z¢n, voyd; ¢famAn-, Chamber; slrdg, 
straighu 
8o Pot I muet need 6e on ir, I must be stralght vppon ber. 



THE CItOISE OF V.4LE1VTINES. 9 

" My Tomalin," quoth shee, and then she smilde. 
" I, I," quoth I, " soe more men are beguilde 
With smiles, with flatt'ring wordes, and fained cheere, 
When in their deedes their falsehood doeth appcare." 84 
" As how, my lambkin," blushing, she replide, 
" Because I in this dancing schoole abide ? 
If that it be, that breede's this discontent, 
We will remoue the camp incontinent: 88 
For shelter onelie, sweete heart, came I hither, 
And to auoide the troblous stormie weather; 
But now the coaste is cleare, we will be gonne, 
Since, but thy self, true louer I haue none. 92 
With that she sprung full lightlie to my lips, 
And fast about the neck me colle's, and clips; 

8  smilde, smiled. 
82 beguilde, beguiled. 
8 3 lVith smiles, vith flatt'ring wordes, andfained cheere, With sighes and flatter- 
iug woordes and textes. 
84 thdr, your ; their, much ; d,ttk apz#eare , still apeares. 
85 ow, How ; lambkiu, Tomalyn ; re/Mide, replied. 
86 dancing, dauncing. 
87 R bi, be it ; Mis, thy. 
88 camp, campe. 
89 one/ie, only ; sweete eart, «weete harte ; came, cam. 
9o auoide, avoyd ; troblous ad stormi«, troublesome, stormye. 
9I But no,v, And since ; coaste, coast ; *ve wil, I will. 
9 2 Since, for ; louer, louers. 
93 s2#run , sprunge ; lqSs, lippes. 
94 dnd [ast about te neck me collds and dits, and about my neck she hugges, she 
calles, she clippes. "Coll or "cull," to Mss, to embmce ; so aiso "clip. n 



IO 

She wanton faints, and falle's vpon hir bedd, 
And often tosseth too and fro hir head; 9 6 
She shutts hir eyes, and waggles with her tongue : 
" Oh, who is able to abstaine so long?" 
" I com ! I com ! sweete lyning be thy leaue :" 
Softlie my fingers up heis curtaine heaue, Ioo 
And make me happie, stealing by degreese.. 
First bare hir leggs, then creepe up to hir kneese ; 
From thence ascend unto her mannely thigh 
(A pox on lingring when I am so nighe !). o4 
Smock, climbe a-pace, that I maie see my ioyes ; 
Oh heauen and paradize are Ml but toyes 
Compar'd with this sight I now behould, 
Which well might keepe a man from being olde, to8 
A prettie rysing wombe without a weame, 
That shone as bright as anie siluer streame ; 

95 /ai.ts, favnes ; vlan kit, vppon the. 
96 losseth, tosses ; aml/ro hir, and froe ber. 
97 sutts Air eyts, shakes ber feete. 
98 w/o, whoe ; asaine, forbeare ; /on, loge. 
99 Ico», Icarn, Icome, I corne ; lyrene, Ladye ; et, by. 
IO0 Sojrli myJfnde,s up tittis turtaine /w.ase, sofdy my curtains lett my fmgers 
hue. 
IO1 H/O. t send ; a,'/e, happye ; stalitg, saig ; dtgreese, degrees. 
lOZ First bar« ir lts, tain creq3e u /r neese, FL vnW the feete, and then 
vnto the kneese. 
io 3 Front tnce, And soe ; ,,nto, smto ; manne/y, ma:fly. 
lO 4 1/' fingefing ; am so, corne soe. 
1o 5 Smoc, Smccke ; dime, clime. 
1o6 O waz¢n and Oamdize are ai1, aH earthly pleasures se¢me to thLs. 
o7 Com#ar'd'ar tMs s/fit I no,o, Compard be these deghtes hich I. 
1o 9 20retti¢ rysing, prettye rising ; meawz,, wenne. "' Wem," s-pot or 
o -*/on6 shine(s} ; ank si/uer strea»s¢, any c_hrLs gemme_ 



THE CHOI..çE OF VILENTINE..ç. I I 

And bare out like the bending of an hill, 
At whose decline a fountaine dwelleth still; 1 2 
That hath his mouth besett with uglie bryers, 
Resembling much a duskie nett of wyres; 
A loftie buttock, barrd with azure veines, 
Whose comelie swelling, when my hand distreines,  16 
Or wanton checketh with a harmlesse stype, 
I t makes the fruites of loue oftsoone be rype, 
And pleasure pluckt too tymelie from the stemme 
To dye ere it hath seene Jerusalem. -o 
O Gods! that tuer anie thing so sweete, 
So suddenlie should fade awaie, and fleete! 
Hir armes are spread, and I ara ail unarm'd, 
Lyke one with Ouid's cursed hemlocke charm'd ; 24 
So are my Limms unwealdlie for the fight 
That spend their strength in thought of hir delight. 

I I I bare, beares ; beIing, riseing ; an, a. 
112 afountaine dwelIeth rtill, the(r)unncs a fountaync still 
H 3 Ms, her ; uglie bryers, gged brie. 
 4 dusMt, duskye ; yrts, res. 
:: 5 loEti«, lusty ; veits, raines. 
 6 «omelie» comel ; dlstrei»oes, restraines. "Distreines," to ize, to touch. 
7 wanton, harmles ; har»desse st2e, wanton pe. 
: :8 frtes  le ofIsoone, fite theeof too soonc 
II9 nd, A ; too ty»di«, to tely ; tt sttmm6 his springe. 
I2O o dyt tr¢ il 1 ttnt solt, it is, dyes tre it can enioye the voed thinge. 
121 God$, Godes ; tuer onie, ever an ; so, soc. 
I So sdenlit, sot suddenly ; awaie, awaye. 
12 3 ir, Her ; are sr a  ara all ur#1'd, and legges and ail were predd, 
But I wm ail armed. 
I 4 Lyre, like ; wh, that ; ¢harm'd, charmd. 
5 Omitt in Rawl. MS. 
I6 sendteir» spent there ; Mr, your, 



  THE CHOISE OF VALE1VTI1VES. 

What shall I doe to shewe my self a man? 
It will hOt be for ought that beawtie can. i28 
I kisse, I clap, I feele, I view at will, 
Yett dead he lyes, hOt thinking good or ill. 
" Unhappie me," quoth shee, "and wilt' not stand ? 
Coin, lett me rubb and chafe it with my hand! 32 
Perhaps the sillie worme is labour'd sore, 
And wearied that it can doe noe more; 
If it be so, as I ara greate a-dread, 
I wish renne thousand times that I were dead. I36 
How ere it is, no meanes shall want in me, 
That maie auaile to his recouerie." 
Which saide, she tooke and rould it on hir thigh, 
And when she look't on't, she would weepe and sighe ; I4O 
She dandled it, and dancet it up and doune, 
Not ceasing till she rais'd it from his swoune. 
128 It, 't ; heawtie tann, beauty can. 
129 dap, clipp ; Ifede, I vitw, I wincke, I feele. 
t3o dead le ly¢s, lyes he dead ; thinking, feefing. 
131 Unhapie me, By Holly dame ; stand, staund. 
132 C,m, now ; rubb, roule ; cha]ê t tub ; with, in. 
 33 Perhas, perhapps ; sillie, seely ; is labour'd, bath laboured. 
t34 meariedthat if tan, worked soe that it cann. 
135 I/if be o, Which if it be ; amffreate a-dr, ad, doe greately dread. 
136 renne, ten ; were, weare. 
x 37 ttow ere it is, What ere it be ; no, noe; want, lacke. 
138 maie auaile go, maye ava¥1e for ; recouerie, recoverye. 
139 said«, said ; androutd» & rowld ; hithigh, ber thighe. 
14o lnd when sk laok't an't she wouM weee and gighe, and looking downe on it, 
did groane and sighe. 
I4I dandled» haundled ; dap&'et, daunced ; u vpp ; doune, downe. 
x¢2 ske rais'd, shee raisd ; his su'oune ber sound. 



THE CHOISE OF VILENTINES.  3 

And then he flue on hir as he were wood, 
And on hir breeche did hack and foyne a-good; 
He rub'd, and prickt, and pierst ber to the bones, 
Digging as farre as eath he might for stones; 
Now high, now lowe, now stryking shorte and thicke ; 
Now dyuing deepe, he toucht hir to the quicke ; 
Now with a gird he would his course rebate, 
Straite would he take him to a statlie gate; 
Plaie while him list, and thrust he ne.are so hard, 
Poore pacient Grissill lyeth at hir warde, 
And giue's, and takes, as blythe and free as Maye, 
And ere-more meete's him in the midle waye. 
On him hir eyes continualy were fixt; 
With hir eye-beames his melting looke's were mixt, 
Which, like the Sunne, that twixt two glasses plaies, 
From one to th' other cast's rebounding rayes. 
I43 berlue, it flewe ; hir, her ; he, it. 
I44 hir breeche did hack and fayne, her breech laboured & foam'd. 
I4; prlckt, amlzOierst h«r, peirct her euer. 
I46 farre, deepe ; might, coulddigg; « eath," easy. 
I47 stryking, stricking ; and, &. 
148 2Vow dyuingdeepe he toudtthir, And diving deeper, peitcte ber. 
I49 gird, girde. 
15o Straite, then ; slallie, stat¢ly. 
ISI him, he ; so, soe. 
 5 aciotl Grissill, zalient Grissell ; hir oa d¢, his ward. 
53 blylhe, blith ; ]'rte, fresh. 
154 tre-more, euer ; midle, middle of the. 
I55 hi»t ]tir eres ¢ontinualy, het his eyes Continually. 
156 hir eye-b¢am¢s his, his eye-browes ber ; lookds, eyes. 
i57 twixt, betwixt ; plaies, playes. 
158 oto, the one ; in'orner cast's rebou»uting, the other casting redounding. 

144 

148 

5 2 

156 



14 

THE CHOISE OF VALENTIIVES. 

He, lyke a starre that, to reguild his beames 
Sucks-in the influence of Phebus streames, 
Imbathes the lynes of his descending light 
In the bright fountaines of hir clearest sight. 
She, faire as fairest Planer in the skye, 
Hir puritie to noe man doeth denye; 
The verie chamber that enclouds ber shine 
I.ookes lyke the pallace of that God deuine, 
Who leades the daie about the Zodiake, 
And euerie euen discends to th'oceane lake; 
So tierce and feruent is ber radiance, 
Such fyrie stakes she darts at euerie glance 
As might enflame the icie limmes of age, 
And make pale death his seignedrie to aswage; 
To stand and gaze upon her orient lamps, 
Where Cupid all his chiefest ioyes encamps, 

6o 

I64 

168 

I7 2 

159 tte lyke, She like ; reguild, requite. 
16o Sucks-in, suckes ; of Phebus, of sweete l'hebus. 
161 lyn¢s, beames : descending, discending. 
I62 6right, deepest ; ilir dearest sigllt, the purest light. 
163 2lanet, plannet. 
164 ttirttritie, ber puritye. 
I65 verie chamber verye Chamber ; endotl$ includes. 
166 Lookes lyke, seemes as ; tllat God deuin G the gods devine. 
167 /'ho, Whoe ; daie, daye ; ZodiaktÆ Zodiacke. 
168 euerie euen diseends to th'oceane, in the even, sertes of the ocean. 
169 So fler«t» soe feirce ; is ilir radiance, in her radiaunce. 
17o l'yrle stakes, flyeing breath ; darts, dartes ; euerie glance, every glaunce. 
171 enflame, inflame ; itie li,nmts, verxy mappe. 
172 make, cause ; his seioeudrle to aswaKe , him suddenlytasswage. 
t73 To, atd ; upon ber, vppon those ; lamps, lampes. 
174 his chifest ioyes encamps, his ioyes incampes. 



IIIE CI-IOISE 02 4LENIINIF, S.   

And sitts, and playes with euery atomie 
That in hir Sunne-beames swarme aboundantlie. 176 
Thus gazing, and thus striuing, we perseuer : 
But what so firme that maie continue euer ? 
" Oh not so fast," my rauisht Mistriss cryes, 
" Leaste my content, that on thy life relyes, I8o 
Be brought too-soone from his delightfull seate, 
And me unwares of hoped bliss defeate. 
Together lett us marche unto content, 
And be consumed with one blandishment." 84 
As she prescrib'd so kept we crotchet-time, 
And euerie stroake in ordre lyke a chyme, 
Whilst she, that had preseru'd me by hir pittie, 
Unto our musike fram'd a groaning dittie. 188 

t75-60mitted in Rawl. MS. 
z 77 l'bus Kazing, and thus striuing, we persetg.r, Thus striking, thus gazeing, we 
perseuere. 
178 ohat soflrmtj nought soc sure ; maie» will ; tuer, ever. 
179 Oh ! Fleete ; rauisht .¢Iistris «ryes, ravisht senses cries. 
18o £easl«, sith ; conlenl lhal on» Content vppon. 
181 Bgj Which ; too, soc ; star, seates. 
8z tlnd me unoare» o/hoped bIiss de[ca6 me vnawares of blissefull hope defeates. 
Here occur two lines in the R.awl. MS. which do not appear in the Pct,t MS., as follows : 

Togeather lett our'equall motions stirr, 
Togeather lett vs liue and dye, my deare ; 
x83 Together lett us marche unto content, Togeather let vs match with one contente. 
t84 consumed zoith one blandishment, Consum{e)d without languishmente. 
t85 pr«scrib'd, sa kept rn« crochet, prescribed so keepe we clocke and. 
86 lyke, like ; chym«, chime. 
87 Whilst she, soe shee ; hadprtstru'd, here preferd ; pitti«, pitD'e. 
t88 Unto, vnto ; nusi&, musicke ; dittit, ditt,e. 



t6 'ItE CtIOISE OF I/ILENTIiVES. 

" Alass ! alass ! that loue should be a sinne! 
Euen now my blisse and sorrowe doeth beginne. 
Hould wyde thy lapp, my louelie Danae, 
And entretaine the golden shoure so free, 192 
That trikling falles into thy treasurie. 
As Aprill-drops hot hall so pleasant be, 
Nor Nilus overflowe to ASgipt plaines 
As this sweet-streames that all hir ioints imbaynes. 96 
With " Oh!" and "Oh !" she itching moues hir hipps, 
And to and fro full lightlie starts and skips" 
She ierkes hir le.ggs, and sprauleth with hir heeles; 
No tongue mme tell the solace that she feeles, 200 
" I faint! I yeald! Oh, death! rock me a-sleepe! 
Sleepe! sleepe desire! entombed in the deepe!" 
" Not so, my deare," my dearest saint replyde, 
" For, from us yett, thy spirit maie not glide 204 

I90 Euen. even ; blisse and sorrowe doetA, ioyes and sorrowes doe. 
tgt lal » lappe ; louelie, louely. 
I92 entrelainelAe, entertaine this ; sAoure so [ree, showry sec. 
193 triMingfalles, dtisling fall(es} ; lreasuri#, treasurye. 
194 As Arill-dros, Sweete Aprill flowers ; Aalfso, halfe soe. 
195 avcrflae o FgilO¢-lMaines , overfloweinge Egipt playne. 
I96 As )is soeet-streat«es» as is the balme ; Air ioinls imbaynes» her woombe 
destreynes. 
197 IVi/A OA ! and OA ! sAe itc,-ing mouts Air Ai2#ts , Now ! oh now ! she trickling 
moues ber lippe. 
198 //nd, and often;full liKhtlit slarls and shi2#s , she lightly startes and skippes. 
199 i«rhes, yerkes ; legs, legges ; strauletA , fresketh. 
200 Ara, noe ; maie, c.an ; salaC, pleasures. 
201 zrfaint.t zryeaM! OA death, roch me, I corne ! I corne ! swe¢te death, rocke mee. 
2o2 emombed, intombe me. 
203 »ty deare, my dearest saizt, my deare, and dearest she. 
204 For, from us yett, thy slMrit maie, [tom vs two (yett) this pleasure toast. 



THE CHOISE OF V.4LENTINE5. 17 

Untill the sinnowie channels of our blood 
Without their source from this imprisoned flood; 
And then will we (that then will coin too soone), 
D[ssolued lye, as though out dayes were donne." 208 
The whilst I speake, my soule is fleeting hence, 
And life forsakes his fleshie residence. 
Staie, staie sweete ioye, and leaue me hot forlorne 
Why shouldst thou fade that art but newelie borne ? 
"Staie but an houre, an boute is nos so much: 
But half an houre; if that thy haste is such, 
Naie, but a quarter--I will aske no more-- 
That thy departure (which torments me sore), 6 
Maie be alightned with a little pause, 
And take awaie this passions sudden cause." 
He heare's me not; hard-harted as he is, 
He is the sonne of Time, and hates my blisse. 
Time nere looke's backe, the riuers nere returne; 
A second springe must help me or I burne. 

205 Untill, Vntill ; channels, Chambers. 
206 Without tkeir source, Withould themselues ; impn'soned, newe prisoned. 
207 vaill,ve, we will ; coin too, corne soe. 
• o9 whilst, whilest ; speake, speke ; isfleeting, in stealing. 
o fleshie, earthly. 
2I 3 but au boute, but one boute ; an houm is, one boute is ; o, soe 
214 But, nay ; ifthat, and if. 
2 2lIaie be aliçhtned ri,iii, a little pause, Maye now be lengthened by a litle 
pawse. 
218 awaie, awaye ; sudden, suddaine. 
2I rfllX'S nere re/urne, riuer nere returnes. 
2:t2 s#-in, spring ; muse elle me or, must helpe, or elles. 



18 

THE CHOISE OF V2ffLE2VTINES 

No, no, the well is drye that should refresh me, 
The glasse is runne of ail my destinie: 324 
Nature ol  winter learneth nigardize 
Who, as he ouer-beares the streame with ice 
That man nor beaste maie of their pleasance taste, 
So shutts she up hir conduit ail in haste, 228 
And will not let hir Nectar ouer-flowe, 
Least mortall man immortall ioyes should knowe. 
Adieu! unconstant loue, to thy disporte 
Adieu! false mirth, and me]odie too short; 232 
Adieu! faint-hearted instrument of lust; 
That falselie bath betrayde our equale trust. 
Hence-forth no more will I implore thine ayde, 
Or thee, or man of cowardize upbrayde. 236 
My little dilldo shall suply their kinde: 
A knaue, that moues as light as leaues by winde ; 
That bendeth not, nor fouldeth anie deale, 
But stands as stiff as he were made of steele; 240 
And playes at peacock twixt my leggs right blythe, 
And doeth my tickling swage with manie a sighe. 

223.34 Omitted in Rawl. MS. 
235 Hence-forth no more ¢oill I imlore thitte, Hensforth I will noe more implore 
thine. 
236 or man ofcowardi«e u2Obrade, for ever of Cowardise shall vpprayd. 
27 dilldo, dildoe ; su2N? their» supplye your. 
238 bnaue, youth ; moues» is ; b?, in. 
239 That» He ; anie, any. 
24,-4z Omitted in Rawl. MS. 



THE CHO1SE OF ,4LENTINE$. 9 

For, by saint Runnion! he'le refresh me well; 
And neuer make my tender bellie swell. 
Poore Priapus! whose triumph now must falle, 
Except thou thrust this weakeling to the walle. 
Behould! how he usurps, in bed and bowre 
And undermines thy kingdom euerie howre; 
How slye he creepes betwixt the barke and tree, 
And sucks the sap, whilst sleepe detaineth thee. 
He is my Mistris page at euerie stound, 
And soone will tent a deepe intrenched wound. 
He wayte's on Courtlie Nimphs that be so coye, 
And bids them skorne the blynd-alluring boye. 
He giues yong guirls their gamesome sustenance, 
And euerie gaping mouth his full sufficeance. 
He fortifies disdaine with forraine artes, 
And wanton-chaste deludes all loving barres. 

244 

248 

252 

256 

243 For, by saint Æunnion, me'le, And when I will he doth. 
244 make, makes ; bellie, bel]y. 
245 vahose triumlt no-w, thy kingdome needes ; falle, fall. 
246 E«cept, eeeept ; malle, walL 
247 usures, vsurpes ; boute, bower. 
248 undermittes, vndermines ; eueie howre, euery hower. 
249 sly t}e, slyly ; betwixt, betwene. 
250 sucks, suekes ; wAilst, while ; detainetA, deteyneth. 
25t l,Ke, lake ; «tmo«d, sound. "Stound," a moment. 
252 "tent," to search out. 
253 Courtlle Nimlhs, courtly nimphs ; be sa» are full. 
24 blynd-allurin¢, blind-al|uring. 
2-60mitted in Rawl. MS. 
257 fortifies didaine, fortifyes disdaïne ; lorraine, foraigne. 
28 lnd ¢anlon-¢t}ast¢ dti,¢des t while wantorls cht del.ud¢. 



2o TItE CHOZSE OF VtlLENTINES. 

If anie wight a cruell mistris serue's, 
Or. in dispaire, (unhappie) pines and statu's, ",6o 
Curse Eunuke dilldo, senceless counterfet 
Who sooth maie fill, but never tan begett. 
But, if revenge enraged with dispaire, 
That such a dwarf his wellfare should empaire, 264 
Would faine this womans secretarie knowe, 
Lett him attend the markes tbat I shall showe: 
He is a youth almost two handfulls highe, 
Streight, round, and plumb, yett hauing but one eye, 268 
Wherein the rhewme so feruentlie doeth raigne, 
That Stigian gulph maie scarce his teares containe ; 
Attired in white veluet, or in silk, 
And nourisht with whott water, or with milk, ?7 ? 
Arm'd otherwhile in thick congealed glasse, 
When he, more glib, to hell be lowe would passe. 

259 
a6o 
26-64 
265 
266 
267 
268 
270 

anie, any ; 3[istris s¢ru¢s, Mistres serve. 
Or, and ; (unhazzOie) iMne$ and staru', full deeply pyne and sterue. 
Omitted in Rawl. IIS. 
oomans secetarie, woemans secretar},. 
Zett, let. 
handfull$ higke, handfulles high. 
plumb, plump ; yett hauing, and having. 
rhewme soferuentlie doeth raigne, heume r, oe fervently doth faine. 
That, the ; gulph maie, gulfe can ; «ntaine, conteyne. Hete follow, in the 

Rwl. MS., lines 29o-93 of the Petyt ; lines 292- 3 beig also reversed in lhe Rvd. tex1. 
27 ! 4ttired, attird ; vdutt, velvet. 
272 nouisht, norisht ; hott, warme ; milk, milke. "Whott," hot. 
273 ,4rn'd other-wMIe, Running sometymes. 
274 »re glib» more like ; fo &eIl be Iowt» downe into helL 



YH.E CHOISE O.F I/'ALENTNES. 2  

Vpon a charriot of rive wheeles he rydes, 
The which an arme strong driuer stedfast guides, 276 
And often alters pace as wayes growe deepe, 
(For who, in pathes unknowne, one gate can keepe ?) 
Sometimes he smoothlie slideth doune the hill; 
Another while, the stones his feete doe kill; 8o 
In clammie waies he treaddeth by and by, 
And plasheth and sprayeth all that be him nye. 
So fares this iollie rider in his race, 
Plunging and sousing forward in lyke case, 284 
He dasht, and spurted, and he plodded foule, 
God giue thee shame, thou blinde mischapen owle! 
Fy-fy, for grief: a ladies chamberlaine, 
And canst not thota thy tatling tongue refraine ? 288 
I reade thee beardles blab, beware of s.tripes, 
And be aduised what thou vainelie pipes; 

275 c]arrio/, chariot ; rydes, rides. 
276 TAc whiclt an arn«e s/rong driuer s/edfast, An arme strong guider steadfastly 
him. 
278 vho, whoe ; pathes unkno'wue, places vnknowne ; gin'e, pace. 
279 Sonetines, sometymes ; sntooth/ie slideth doune a, smoothly slippeth downe a. 
28o /lnother while, some other tymes. 
281 cla»tmie waies, clayey wayes ; /readdet, treadeth. 
282 a#h,sheth and srayeth, placeth himself & ; be hint nye, standeth by. 
283 So, soe ; iollie rider, royall rider. 
284 tlungfng andsm«sing, Plungeing & sowsing ; lyke, like. 
285 Itedast, ands2«rted , andhelodded, Bedasht, bespotted, and beplotted. 
286 blinde, foule. 
287 Fy-fy, forgrief, But free from greife ; ladies chamberlaine, ladyes chamberlayne. 
288 ot t/mu, thou hot : refraim, refrayne. 
289 reade thee, tell the ; b/ab, blabb. ,« Reade," warn. 
29o aduised, advisd ; thou vainelie, thou soc vainely. 



THE CHOISE 0t;" V.dLENTINES. 

Thou wilt be whipt with nettles for this geare 
If Cicelic shewe but of thy knauerie heere. 92 
Saint Denis shield me from such femme sprites] 
Regarde hot, Dames, what Cupids Poete writes: 
I pennd this storie onelie for my selfe, 
Who, giuing suck unto a childish Elfe, 296 
And quitte discourag'd in my nurserie, 
Since all my store seemes to hir penurie. 
I am hot as was Hercules the stout, 
That to the seaventh iournie could hould out; 3oo 
I want those hearbe's and rootes of Indian soile, 
That strengthen wearie members in their toile-- 
Druggs and Electuaries of new devise, 
Doc shunne my pursc, that tremblcs at the pricc. 3o4 
Sufficeth all I haue, I yeald hir hole 
Which, for a poore man, is a princelie dole, 

• 91 Transposed in Rawl. MS. with line 92 ; will, shouidst. 
9 Cicdie shewe but, lilian queene knowe ; lënautrie, bravery. 
293 Z)enis sMtld» Dennis sheild ; female spites, femail spr;ghtes. 
z94 Z)ames, dames ; Cupids t'oet, Cupid's poett. 
z95 pennd, pen ; storie onelie» story onely. 
296 Vhogiuing suck unto a childish Elle, An$, giving yt to such an actuali Elle. 
297 /Ind, ara ; discoura¢'d, discoraged ; nurserie» mistery. 
z98 Air, ber ; lOenurie, misery. 
3oo aeaventh iournie, seauenth Iourny. 
3ol wanG wantes ; ttearbd» omitted ; and, & ; soile, soyle. 
3o2 wearie, weary ; toile, toyle. 
303 Druggs or Electuaries oftew devise, Or drugges or electuaryesof newe devises. 
3o4 APoe stunne, that shame ; that trembles, & tremble ; the» thie ; price, prices. 
In the Rawl. giS., lines 307-8 of the Petyt MS. follow here. 
305 Sui¢eth ail I taue, ly«ald hir hok, For that I aliwayes had, I payd the wol©. 



THE CHOIçE 0" V.dLENTIIVEç. 23 

I paie out hostess scott and lott at moste, 
And looke as leane and lank as anie ghoste; 3o8 
What can be added more to my renowne ? 
She lyeth breathlesse; I am taken doune; 
The waves doe swe|l, the tydes climbe or'e the banks; 
Judge, gentlemen! if I deserue not thanks? 312 
And so, good night! unto you euer'ie one; 
For loe, out thread is spunne, out plaie is donne. 
Claudito iam vinos Pria/a, sat flrata Merunt [sic*J. 
T i-io. Nas. 

307 I #aie out hostess, I paid of both the ; and, & ; al »wste, allmost. 
308 lnd, yet ; and, & ; anie, any. 
309 tan, cann. 
31o dou»e, downe. 
3I dira,c, elims ; 6ans, bankes. 
312 gen¢kmen, OE l, gentleweomen doth this ; hot ,:s, no thkes. 
33 so, e : uno, to. 
314 ¢hre, thred ; plaie is , play done. 
« is does hOt sn ; and, moreover, seems ineorreetly transefibed, even making 
allowance for Nash's adaptation of a well-known line ;  Virl, Eclo« iii., line I I  
" Claudite jnm fivos, pueri, t prata biberunt," " Now shut the hatehes {in the banks 
of the stream}, O lads, the ptures have drunk enough." 



 IUS* halh my pez«c pre»ztz'd [o bleasc v friezd- 
Oh mightse lhou /ykewise blease ./tpollo's eye. 
No, lonor brooke's no such iie[ie, 
Yell Ouids wanlon l1ztsé did nol offend. 

Ide is the founlaine whence my streames doe .flowe-- 
Forgive me if I speake as I was taught, 
M lyke lo womet, ulter all I knowe, 
Ms longing to unlade so bad a fraughL 

lIy mynde once ibnd er s««ch lasciuio2ts will, 
I/Vz2h purijqde words and hallowed verse, 
Thy praises in large volumes shall rehearce, 
That betler maie thy grauer view befilL 

_ilfeanewkile yett resls» you smile al whal I wrile ; 
Or, for attembting banish me your sighL 

THOMAS NASH. 

« Quite detached, on page 94 of the Rawl. MS. (the text commences on page 96), 
y" p y top" • y p ot ppear, especially as 
several blank pages immediately follow the conclusion of the text in the Bodleian copy.